What a night of fights and what a way to start the year! The Four Points Sheraton Hotel in sunny San Diego played host to this year’s initial WCK throw-down. The house was packed and the crowd was hungry for the evening’s main event, the WBC Muay Thai Lightweight National Title bout between favorite Joe Gogo and Travis Clay. I first caught Joe Gogo at WCKs Cali 16 when he edged out Renato Mansilla in a split decision. Joe Gogo aka “Go Go Guam” is a super exciting fighter! He’s got a lion’s heart, he moves like a boxer and always comes with a posse of followers screaming behind him; just super electric. I knew that he was coming for that green belt, but I also know that Travis Clay was not to be taken lightly. Here’s a great article on Clay’s rise to prominence on the wings of his Lion Fight performances. Albeit I’m a fan of both Gogo and Clay, I gotta admit internally I favored Clay; so it was simply impossible to stay in my seat ringside when these two went at it. What an exciting fight! Gogo’s right hand and Clay’s left roundhouse sent the other reeling on their heels multiple times throughout this contest. Gogo really came to win! He got rocked once in round 4 but kept going forward so hard that he literally ran at Clay. Yeah, it was THAT kind of amazing! Remember when I told you that Gogo always comes with a crowd? Yeah, well, this night was no exception. The building rumbled when Gogo landed, when Gogo got caught and when the decision came out in favor of Clay after five rounds. It was a tough pill for Gogo and his supports to swallow and promoter Dennis Warner was considerate allowing Joe Gogo to address his many supporters and congratulate his opponent as a true warrior would; and both Travis Clay and Joe Gogo are true warriors.
Stand by for the rematch I can almost say “that’s a promise”!